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Australian Members Responding to Government Inquiry

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For the first time in 20 years, the Attorney-General of Australia is conducting an inquiry into the extent to which the Privacy Act of 1988 and related laws continue to provide an effective framework for the protection of privacy.

According to the request for submissions, the current Privacy Inquiry is prompted by a number of considerations, including:

  • the rapid advances in information, communication, storage, surveillance and other relevant technologies;
  • possible changing community perceptions of privacy and the extent to which it should be protected by legislation;
  • the expansion of state and territory legislative activity in relevant areas; and
  • emerging areas that may require privacy protection.

NAID has been assisting its members Australia as they prepare their position paper on the role of information destruction in any such policy considerations. NAID’s experience with such projects in the US and in Canada is forming the basis of the document.

NAID currently serves eight Active Members with operations in Australia.